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Free Prestashop and WordPress E-Commerce Theme: Velvet Sky

In case you've been looking for a nice e-commerce theme for your website or any ongoing projects, today we've got something for you. We're releasing yet another freebie — a Prestashop and WordPress e-commerce theme called "Velvet Sky" which has exclusively been developed by DapurPixel for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

The warm, natural brown colours within the theme portray much comfort and will hopefully provide your customers with a very calm and engaging environment in which they can find the items they're searching for in no time. The theme is available for both WordPress and Prestashop platforms.

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Smashing Cartoons: June 2011

We all have our favorite client stories, embarrassing design flaws and never-ending user requests which are all just a part of what we, as designers and developers, encounter very often in our daily work routine. In this new post series on Smashing Magazine, we’d like to put some of these situations into the spotlight and discuss them with you. The cartoons are all dedicated to Web design and also have a comic twist about everything happening around the Web and latest trends.

Smashing Cartoons: May 2011

The main character of the cartoons is Fleaty, a talented, hard-working designer with big ambitions yet not that much luck when it comes to clients. Hopefully, Fleaty will put a smile on your face and maybe remind all of us of the flaws we have, and help us finally get rid of them. The creative mind behind the Smashing Cartoons is our talented illustrator Ricardo Gimenes.

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Useful Resources, Tools and Services for Web Designers

Productivity is a crucial asset of professional Web designers and developers. We regularly look for new resources, tools and services to make the search of these ever-growing techniques easier. Once we have a reasonable number of useful resources, we prepare them in a handy overview for your convenience. In this post we present some of the useful resources and tools for designers and Web developers.

DesignersMX: Which Tunes Keep Designers Rolling?

Please don’t hesitate to comment to this post and let us know how exactly you use these tools in your workflow. Please do avoid link dropping and share your insights and your experience instead. A big thank you to all designers and developers out there for releasing and producing useful, valuable resources for all of us to use. We sincerely appreciate it.

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Useful HTML-, CSS- and JavaScript Tools and Libraries

Front-end development is a tricky beast. It's not difficult to learn, but it's quite difficult to master. There are just too many things that need to be considered; too many tweaks that might be necessary here and there; too many details to make everything just right. Luckily, developers and designers out there keep releasing useful tools and resources for all of us to learn, improve our skills and just get better at what we do.

Flexible Font Sizes with jQuery

Here at Smashing Magazine, we're continuously searching for time-saving, useful HTML-, CSS- and JavaScript-resources for our readers, to make the search of these ever-growing tools easier. We hope that these tools will help you improve your skills as well as your professional workflow. A sincere thanks to all designers and developers who are featured in this round-up. We respect and appreciate your contributions to the design community.

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Welcome To Smashing Coding!

Every now and again our Smashing Editorial team gets requests for very specific articles on very specific topics. Since our audience is very large and diverse, until now we weren't able to present these articles in our magazine and so we were looking for ways to change that. And we found a solution. Today, we are glad to announce that we've launched Smashing Coding, an extended section on Smashing Magazine which will contain more technical, advanced articles on programming and coding — be it JavaScript, PHP, Ruby or programming in general.

Smashing Coding will be curated by our new editor Keir Whitaker. We will make sure to produce verified, high-quality articles in the brand new section. Please take a closer look at the section and let us know if you find any bugs or errors. Thanks, and we are looking forward to meeting you on the pages of our new little project!

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Free HTML5/CSS3 WordPress 3.1+ Theme With Responsive Layout: Yoko

In this post we are glad to present a yet another freebie: a responsive WordPress theme Yoko which was designed by talented designers Ellen and Manuel from Elmastudio and released for the Web design community. Of course, the theme is absolutely free to use in private and commerical projects.

Yoko WordPress theme

Yoko is a modern and flexible WordPress theme. With the responsive layout based on CSS3 media queries, the theme adjusts to different screen sizes. The design is optimized for big desktop screens, tablets and small smartphone screens. To make your blog more individual, you can use the new post formats (like gallery, aside or quote), choose your own logo and header image, customize the background and link color.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: June 2011

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost two years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

Smashing Wallpaper - June 2011

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features 30 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for May 2011. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

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